Arsene Wenger appears to have dropped a huge hint over his future by insisting it is important the next England manager is an Englishman.
The 66-year-old has been heavily linked with the role following Sam Allardyce’s departure after just one game and 67 days in charge.
Gareth Southgate has agreed to take charge for the next four games with Wenger initially seeming open to the role and admitting he would be interested if he was available.
However the Gunners boss has now distanced himself from the position and says it would be best if an Englishman was took over.
“I’ve always said that England has a huge football passion and if tomorrow you have a game with France then it would be very difficult [for me] not to sing the national anthem,” he told beIN Sports.
“It’s logical. I thought they’d say I’m half English after being here 20 years. It’s better to have another Englishman.
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“It would be difficult to manage another English team. The national team is different. But my first priority has always been Arsenal. ”
Wenger’s comments are the closest he has come to dismissing taking over the role. When asked about the job in the wake of Allardyce’s departure he was a little more open but now appears to have had a change of heart.
While his latest comments are unlikely to prevent speculation that he will take the job, it does now appear unlikely he will be leading the Three Lions any time soon.